From the Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy: The “Evolution” of Manhood?

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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Marketers know this.  They know that images imprint themselves on our minds and on the collective soul of society.  Marketing images not only try to shape society’s perceptions, but sometimes they reflect at least some truth about society.  Marketers use images to create a need for a product—choosing images [Read More...]

The Emasculation of Boyhood

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It’s tough being a boy these days. Just ask 6-year-old Hunter Yelton who was suspended from school for sexual harassment; i.e., he kissed a girl on her hand. Just ask 10-year-old Johnny Jones who was suspended from school and threatened with expulsion for “firearms related issues;” i.e., he pretended he was shooting a bow and arrow. [Read More...]

A Girl’s Santa Wish List

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A Father: Who will protect me, guide me, encourage me, love me, and show me how to interact with good men. A Mom: Who will listen to my heart, who will support me, love me, and pour good feminine energy into me. Mentors: Women who will walk beside me and ahead of me, modeling for [Read More...]

A Boy’s Santa Wish List

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A dad: Who will be involved in my life, who will teach me to be a good man, and who will be proud of me. A mom: Who will always love me and support me. Mentors: Good men who will walk with me into noble manhood through modeling it, teaching it, and affirming it. A [Read More...]

Why You Should Care About the “Boy Crisis”

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My concern for the future of boys is personal.  I have two grandsons, both nearing age three.  I’m the pastor of a church with boys of all ages.  These are real boys, boys I care about, who are growing up in a world: Where boys are increasingly falling behind girls in school Where the reading [Read More...]

What Does it Profit Parents to Over-Program their Children….and Lose the Souls of the Kids in the Process?

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At the end of a seminar I led on boys a man in his 70’s pulled me aside to ask a few questions.  In doing so he made some interesting observations.  He noted that, in his opinion: Far too many parents today over-program their children often at the expense of building character in them.  Rather [Read More...]

Of Dolphins, Hazings, Boys, and Manhood

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The “bullying” story coming out of the Miami Dolphins locker room has dominated the news for the last few weeks.  Though the details still aren’t fully known, it hasn’t stopped the public debate over hazings and bullying.  The responses to Jonathan Martin leaving the team over alleged bullying by his teammate, Richie Incognito, have illustrated [Read More...]

Why Should the Church Care About Reaching Men?

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I was interviewed the other day by a newspaper reporter on the topic of men and the Church.  She mentioned the statistics about how men are leaving the Church or not attending church in the first place and then asked, “Why does it matter? Why should the Church care about reaching men?”  The essence of [Read More...]


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